By Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (April 22) – Three new IMCA feature winners visited the O’Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane for the first time in the early season on Friday at Salina Speedway. The night was presented by B Strong Running Company of Salina.Of those winners, two were father and son, something that doesn’t happen often at all on the same night.First was Fred Traskowsky, who pulled out to the lead from the front row at the start of the M&H Motors IMCA Northern SportMod feature. He held off a resurgent Tyler Watts to capture his first win of the season. Watts finished second with Chris Humphries and Tim Echevarria rounding out the top four.The final win of the night went to Fred’s son Mike as he raced to his second win in a row in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Mike had no problem working his way from an eighth place starting position to capture the top prize, with Kelly Pihl, Tony Slothower, and Cody Williams chasing him across the finish line.Defending Long McArthur IMCA Modified Track Champion Mike Petersilie chased down pole-starting Brian Knoell to move past en route to a triumph on the tricky 3/8 mile. Starting eighth, Petersilie’s win propelled him into a tie for the points lead after two races with week one winner Tyler Frye, who finished fourth. Knoell settled for second while Joe Cleveland finished third.Coors Light IMCA Stock Car ace Scot Granzella made his return to Victory Lane as he piloted his no. 91E to a win from fifth place at the start. He got by Craig Miller to capture first, with Craig Miller in tow with second. Scott Miller wound up third with Tanner Portenier fourth.
ORLANDO, Fla. >> The Clippers’ best players made their usual contributions Friday night. Lance Stephenson provided just enough of a boost late to ensure yet another victory.Chris Paul had 21 points and six assists, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds and the Clippers beat the Orlando Magic 107-93 for their fifth win in six games.Stephenson hit all six of his shots and scored nine straight points in the second half to help turn back a Magic rally.“I think I can help the team anywhere on the floor,” said the 6-foot-5 Stephenson, who has been used at power forward in some recent alignments. “I’ve been in an attack mode since I’ve been playing the four.” He finished with 13 points in 19 minutes.“Never in my wildest imagination did I see Lance Stephenson playing the four,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We have found something. You can’t guard him at the four. You can’t put a four on him and every team that’s tried to do that, it has been good for us.”J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford each scored 20 points for the Clippers.Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 18 points, and Evan Fournier scored 16 off the bench. Tobias Harris had 13 points and eight rebounds before leaving with an injury during the fourth quarter.Orlando never led and gave up at least 107 points for the eighth straight game, including seven losses. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our whole mantra all season has been defense is going to carry us, and we’ve lost that side of the ball,” Magic coach Scott Skiles said.The Clippers shot 59 percent in the first half and took a 55-44 lead despite 14 turnovers.Oladipo and Harris combined for 17 points in the third quarter to help the Magic whittle the gap to 75-73. But Stephenson ended the quarter with a jumper from the corner for his first points of the game, and then scored the Clippers’ first seven points of the fourth quarter while they quickly regained a double-digit lead.“Once I see that first shot go in, I get going,” he said. “I feel like nobody in this league can guard me. I’ve been confident the last four or five games. I’ve got to stay with it and keep believing in myself.”Harris left the game with 10:46 remaining in the fourth after being hit inadvertently above the left eye by Oladipo, who was called for charging on the play.
MASON CITY — The investigation continues into a Mason City apartment building fire Monday morning. The Mason City Fire Department says they were called shortly before 3:50 AM to 811 South Illinois for a third-floor balcony fire. Firefighters found the fire had carried into the attic area of the building and master streams were set up to extinguish the fire. Mason City Fire Marshal Jamey Medlin says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.